Diets are popular for a reason: people want results…and fast. But that’s the problem. Diets aren’t what you need to make a real change. Instead of getting stuck on the endless cycle of dieting, why not try something new? Go bigger, and try a wellness plan.
A wellness plan is a plan that encompasses more than just food. It includes emotional and physical wellbeing. Diet plans are focused on food alone and usually based on deprivation. In my opinion, anytime you are in a state of deprivation, you are in a state that will not allow wellbeing into your life.
Having been exposed to scientific and field research on the mind-body connection, I believe managing emotions is perhaps the most important step you can take towards promoting well being into your life. A wholesome wellness plan must lead you towards general well being with the joy of eating whole nutritious foods.
What to Include in Your Wellness Plan
#1: Wholesome Food Plan
o Eat a variety of quality whole foods
o Enroll in a cooking class, add new flavours, try new recipes, try new fruits and vegetables
o Eliminate the processed and highly refined foods like white sugar, white bread, additives and preservatives, sugar substitutes, anything that did not grow in nature
#2: Physical Movement
o Any movement is better than no movement
o Choose any movement that inspire you
o Yoga, dance, Tai Chi, Qigong, walking, stretching counts too!
o Create a bedtime/awake routine to increase sleep quality
o Add 5 minutes of relaxation into your daily routine
o Try meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, hypnosis, breathing exercises
#4: Emotional Intelligence
o Keep a daily diary and allow yourself to feel through your emotions
o Take time for yourself first so you may take care of others
o Pay attention to your self talk, if it does not sound like your best friend change it
Creating food plans can be a cumbersome task, keep it simple. Start with a simple meal plan for the week. Use diet and lifestyle books as guides. I am including a list of 5 books that can be very helpful in creating a food plan suited for your particular needs. These books offer diverse diet and wellness plans. My recommendation is to use any plan that appeals to you or is best for your particular needs or health challenges.
Top 5 Books to Help Guide You in Creating a Wellness Plan:
Meals that Heal Inflammation by Julie Daniluk
Eat Right for your Blood Type by Peter D’Adamo
The Hormone Diet by Dr. Natasha Turner
Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
Food & Healing by Annemarie Colbin